Comment 114064

By arienc (registered) | Posted October 06, 2015 at 09:34:50

I think the point of the article is that often times people will look for a quick fix for their problems instead of making changes that are difficult. For example, instead of changing one's diet and exercise, it's much easier to just take a pill. "Free" or socialized pharmaceuticals just tips the balance that much further in favour of the easy fix, which carries with it all of the unintended consequences and reduces people's ability to be resilient and self-sufficient.

While the idea that "walking to the community mailbox replaces the need for pharmacare" seems a bit flippant, the column makes some very good observations. We shouldn't consider that an insult - Canadian people are human beings, and it is human nature to do the things that require the least effort possible over those that are more difficult. We have a lot of issues with physicians prescribing medicine instead of giving patients a proper diagnosis, and to treat symptoms rather than root causes of health issues. We need to think about how a universal pharmacare program would impact those issues before moving forward with such a program.

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